After exploring the town of Dijon a little more and of course petting the owl, we set off on the next stretch of road that would take us to Lake Geneva.
Not quite on the col roads yet but we saw some beautiful scenery and it was refreshing to be off the motorway.
We had a quick lunch stop in Lons Le Saunier, the birth place of Claude Joseph Rouget des Lisle (the composer of the French National Anthem).
We then headed on to our next quick stop (you have probably noticed we like to take plenty of tea breaks to really take in the views!) We soon arrived in Yvoire one of the most beautiful villages in France (it’s true, this time Wikipedia wasn’t wrong!) Being close to the border of Switzerland, the medieval village had a real Swiss feeling with little wooden chalets lining the narrow streets, colourful flowers hanging from the balconies and a couple of live bands accompanying the atmosphere with mellow melodies. In fact the village’s effort of planting flowers in every spot possible has gained it a 4 flower Village Fleuri status since the 1950s!
The last part of today’s journey took us to our final stop of the day; Evian Les Bains on Lake Geneva and yes you’ve guessed it, famous for its mineral water! We stayed at L’Oasis Hotel which totally lived up to its name, with a spectacular view of the lake, turquoise blue swimming pool, friendly staff and even a little wild hedgehog on site!
As it was a Sunday, not much was open in the town in the way of restaurants but we found a great pizzeria and shared 3 pizzas between us followed by a selection of yummy deserts including a peach Melba, creme brûlée and a mountain of strawberries!
French sentences of the day:
1. Puis-Je Avoir (may I have)
2. Nous Allons (we are going – followed by your destination of course!)